Many women suffer from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). The women who suffer from this ailment tend to grow several cysts which are of small size on their ovaries. Although these cysts are not harmful but it leads to hormonal imbalances in your body. The main problem associated with this disease is women face difficulties in their monthly menstrual cycle and also, they face difficulty with pregnancy/childbirth at a later stage in their lives. If this disease is left untreated, it can cause diabetes and heart disease too.
In the human body, a tiny amount of male sex hormones which is known as androgens is created by the ovaries. However, women with PCOS make slightly more androgens than the normal level. When this happens, your normal ovulation process ceases and you are likely to develop acne and you will find extra hair growing on your face and skin. The body may become resistant to insulin and when the insulin is not used up well, the blood sugar level is likely to increase in your body. Hence, the risk of getting diabetes increases too.
Besides all these, beware of the disease as PCOS can affect you mentally too. Some studies have revealed that women with PCOS are found to suffer from different types of mental ailments. If you are suffering from depression, anxiety, or panic attacks, then all these can be caused by Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. PCOS has been identified as one of the chronic problemsdue to which women suffer from other medical ailments like irregular periods, distressed life, the growth of excessive facial hair and acne.
According to the research, women should not neglect this disease and leave it untreated. At the time of pregnancy, imbalances in the hormone level can lead to neurodevelopmental disorders like autism and ADHD in infants. Although much has been discussed about the bad effects of PCOS however, most of the women do not take it seriously. According to a Professor Aled Rees of Britain’s Cardiff University, during the time of clinical assessments, mental health disorders screening should be considered.
Around 17,000 women with PCOS were followed closely for a period of six months. It was found that women suffering from PCOS were more likely to suffer from mental diseases like depression and anxiety when compared with unaffected women of similar age and body mass index. Thus, women with PCOS should be tested for mental diseases as an early detection and diagnosis can help improve their lifestyle.